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Air New Zealand is making the lot of trans-Tasman business travellers just that little bit easier with this week's launch of fast track checkin facilities at Sydney International Airport.
Available for passengers bound for New Zealand or Pacific Island destinations, the bank of 15 self-service machines can scan your passport and print out a boarding pass and bag tags in a "matter of seconds", the Kiwi flag-carrier promises.
(Yes, we know the photo's not great, but this is apparently the best that Air New Zealand could manage to send the media – something that somebody snapped on an iPhone.)
"This is an expansion of the innovation we’ve been pioneering in New Zealand which has revolutionised the trans-Tasman experience" says Bruce Parton, the airline's General Manager Australasia.
Similar kiosks are already in place at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown airports, and Parton says that four out of five travellers use these rather than conventional check-in desks.
Last year saw Qantas expand its 'Faster Smarter Checkin' service – then dubbed Next-Generation Checkin – for flights from Australia to New Zealand, with frequent flyers able to use their smartchipped Q Cards to quickly check in for their trip across the pond.